October 18, 2010 11:00 ET

Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf Awarded 2010 LiveOps Corporate Grant

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2010) -  LiveOps announced today Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf (JWPOSD) is the recipient of a 2010 LiveOps Foundation grant. The grant will fund an audiology program to provide JWPOSD the technology and services necessary to ensure its students are fitted with the optimal equipment needed to meet developmental milestones, as well as further JWPOSD's goal of helping deaf students assimilate into their local schools so they can thrive and achieve their full potential.

"LiveOps Foundation and JWPOSD share a common goal to reduce barriers that impact how individuals live and work," said Maynard Webb, chairman and CEO of LiveOps. "The work that the school and its staff are doing with students, their families, as well as communities across the U.S., creates game changing opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Thanks to the services of JWPOSD, these children are now able to participate and excel in mainstream schools and workplaces."

Added Renee Schwall, the LiveOps employee who nominated JWPOSD, "Having been a student myself, I am passionate about the work that JWPOSD is doing with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. JWPOSD has always been on the forefront of leveraging new technologies and developing teaching strategies that maximize the potential of its students. I am excited to work for a company that shares the values of a school that has had such a major impact in my own life."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one to three children per 1,000 in the United States are born with hearing loss each year(1). JWPOSD teaches deaf and hard of hearing children to listen, think and talk. Research has shown that the first five years of a child's life are the most critical for the development of their speech, language, cognitive, and social skills, as well as their confidence. Unique from many schools for the deaf that operate K-12 and are designed as an alternative to mainstream education institutions, JWPOSD begins working with children when they are infants with a goal of transitioning at least 95 percent of the students into regular classes at their local school by no later than first grade. They aim to change perceptions of peers, families, and public elementary school teaching staff as to the expectations and possibilities for deaf children, thus enabling deaf children to have the same opportunities as their hearing peers in both education and career opportunities.

"LiveOps' generosity will make a life-long difference for the deaf and hard of hearing children we teach here in the Bay Area, as well as the children around the country who are served by the professionals we train," said Tracy Scandlyn, Development Director for the Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf. "The LiveOps grant will not only help us offer the technology and services our students need, but will also replenish our financial aid funds so we can reach even more families with our services."

Founded 40 years ago, JWPOSD has established itself as a world-class institution with a national and international reputation for excellence, helping to fill the shortage of special education teacher training programs specializing in cochlear implants. They are one of only three training sites selected by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (the oldest pediatric hospital in the U.S.) to offer Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants. As part of this program, they provide an intensive training for speech pathologists, audiologists, teachers, and university professors. 

LiveOps Foundation
The company built the LiveOps Foundation on three cornerstones of giving. LiveOps has set aside approximately one percent of current outstanding shares to be used to fund the Foundation after a liquidity event. In addition, LiveOps offers gifts of cash supporting grants for organizations that their employees support, grants for philanthropic business partners and an employee matching gift policy. Lastly, LiveOps offers the gift of time by enabling its employees to volunteer on average one percent of their time to an organization of their choice, or participate in a company-sponsored event.

About LiveOps
LiveOps is a rapidly growing technology company offering two innovative solutions for enterprises: Contact Center in the Cloud, a SaaS technology platform for managing contact centers, and Workforce in the Cloud, an on-demand workforce for outsourcing call center calls. LiveOps On-Demand Contact Center Platform brings the value of cloud computing to the contact center by enabling enterprises to rapidly deploy an always-on and instantly scalable contact center infrastructure in a pay-per-use model that enables customers to achieve greater operational and cost efficiencies. LiveOps uses this same technology platform everyday to successfully run the largest virtual call center with over 20,000 independent agents. LiveOps provides enterprises with the on-demand call center platform and community of on-demand independent agents to quickly achieve better business results. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

About Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf
Based in Redwood City, California, JWPOSD is a not-for-profit, state accredited non-public school teaching deaf children to listen, think and talk through intensive speech/language therapy and the development of listening skills. Established in 1967, their program focuses on the development of auditory, language, speech and cognitive skills in children with hearing aids and cochlear implants. JWPOSD is committed to providing a model of excellence in auditory oral education. We value and nurture the development of each child's self esteem, imagination and creativity. Our goal is to assist each child in developing to their fullest potential in order to access mainstream education and integrate into the community at large. For more information visit JWPOSD website at or phone: (650) 365-7500.

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(1) CDC Website: Hearing Loss Fact Sheet